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A study published by the British Psychological Society suggests that people who are addicted to games display similar personality traits as those with Asperger's syndrome.

The study was conducted by Dr. John Charlton of the University of Bolton and Ian Danforth of Whitman College. The researchers polled 391 gamers and found that the more addicted they were to video games, the more likely they were to exhibit "negative personality traits".

Moreover, signs of addiction were also found to complement personality traits such as neuroticism, introversion and an agreeable nature. These traits are commonly associated with Asperger's syndrome, a form of high functioning autism.

"Our research supports the idea that people who are heavily involved in game playing may be nearer to autistic spectrum disorders than people who have no interest in gaming," said Charlton.

The study also notes that the researchers believe that gaming addicts are not classifiable as having Asperger's, but find it easier to emphathize with computers rather than other people.

"The thinking in the field is that there is a scale along which people, even those considered to be 'normal', can be placed upon," said Charlton, "And that people such as engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists are nearer to the non-empathizing, systemizing, end of the spectrum, with people with Asperger's syndrome even further along again."
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And that people such as engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists are nearer to the non-empathizing, systemizing, end of the spectrum
Mmm...my type of people.

I'm a cook and I look upon just about everyone that comes into the restaurant as filth.
    
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I wish Universities would research more into space travel and graphics cards that can max Crysis instead of video game addiction.

*has urge to play TF2...*
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I know a guy with aspergers, fun dude to hang out with, you learn something new everytime .
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And they work at computer tecs too, according to a blurb on the MSN portal page
 
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Mmm...my type of people.

I'm a cook and I look upon just about everyone that comes into the restaurant as filth.
Funny funny! I took a couple years off work in the Computer field and went and got my Bakers and Pastry Chef certifications. I developed a similar view of people during that time. Some people just make my skin crawl now...

Time for some early morning GoW! Screw my co-workers!
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Asperger's isn't debilitating by definition. If it was debilitating it wouldn't be Asperger's. TBH, I question the wisdom of even treating things like Asperger's (and other minor chronic mental situations) as disease. Probably does more damage to tell someone they're diseased than to tell them they need to buck up.
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Since they are comparing it to SO well established a mental disorder as AS, then I'm sure that this is something to worry about. Or not. As in "at all".
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I know a guy with aspergers, fun dude to hang out with, you learn something new everytime .
Good to know it isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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It seems like everyday, someone new is trying to tell me I have Asperger's...

If you're an introvert (INTP here), nearly all superficial tests will say you are likely to have Asperger's. Aren't they happy diagnosing 1/100 kids with Autism? No. They needed something a little broader reaching. If the psych community isn't careful, and they keep coming up with these incredibly vague and broad "syndromes," we'll reach a point where "normal" people are a minority.

Interesting side note and synchronicity, I was actually on an Asperger's forum this morning! What brought me there had nothing to do with Asperger's. I was searching for opinions on condescension and that site happened to be one of the results. Did you know people with Asperger's, Autism, etc call "normal" people neurotypicals? I thought it was funny.
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